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November 6, 2004
Kudos to The Times for revealing that former football players don't just hang on and become mediocre coaches or personal hacks. Riki Ellison [Oct. 30] is Example 1 of something lacking in American discourse and politics: ingenuity and smarts. Ellison and his missile alliance show the world what America is all about -- if people will take the time to look on his website. Jake Fermilo North Hollywood David Wharton's article on Riki Ellison depicted an obsessive, rage-filled character whose actions border on the psychopathic.
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May 10, 2012 | By Riki Ellison
Riki Ellison was a middle linebacker at USC in 1978, '79, '80 and '82, and played with the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Raiders from 1983 to 1992 . The following is a letter he wrote with his feelings on the suicide of Junior Seau: Here I stand on the sands of Waikiki with the sounds of rolling, soft waves gliding gently upon the wet sands of retreat. The stoic Diamond Head stands in raw contrast to the Pacific waters, its unmistakable beauty a commanding presence.
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May 5, 1990
Riki Ellison, an unrestricted free-agent linebacker who played for seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, signed with the Raiders Friday. Ellison missed two of the past three seasons because of a broken right arm. He sat out 1987 after shattering the arm in the 49ers' season opener. Doctors inserted a steel plate to reinforce the arm. However, he broke the arm again in the 49ers' final 1989 exhibition game and sat out last season, being replaced by Matt Millen, a former Raider.
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November 6, 2004
Kudos to The Times for revealing that former football players don't just hang on and become mediocre coaches or personal hacks. Riki Ellison [Oct. 30] is Example 1 of something lacking in American discourse and politics: ingenuity and smarts. Ellison and his missile alliance show the world what America is all about -- if people will take the time to look on his website. Jake Fermilo North Hollywood David Wharton's article on Riki Ellison depicted an obsessive, rage-filled character whose actions border on the psychopathic.
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January 18, 1985
Asked the highlights of his career at USC, San Francisco linebacker Riki Ellison told Tony Kornheiser of the Washington Post: "I got run over by a couple of cars; I got shot at; I jumped off a building. It's hard to say." Noting Kornheiser's puzzlement, Ellison explained: "I'm a psycho case. If I wasn't a football player, I'd probably be dead." Said Miami guard Roy Foster, a teammate at USC: "Riki's the prototype guy you'd want to cast in 'Animal House.' He'd knock holes in walls all the time.
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August 21, 1990 | JIM MURRAY
Usually, when a man has political ambitions, he's careful to cultivate an image as a man of compassion, full of caring and concern. A kinder, gentler American. He goes around kissing babies, listening sympathetically to the complaints of constituents, procuring food for the poor, tax breaks for the rich. Everybody's pal.
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September 20, 1990 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a stunner these days when someone slams the door in disgust and leaves the San Francisco 49ers. Some would argue it's the best day job in sports. Your team goes to the Super Bowl annually; your owner throws money around like confetti, and you get fresh sourdough seven days a week. Yet, after playing in two Super Bowls, nine playoff games and 77 games as starting middle linebacker, Riki Ellison left the 49ers in May to sign with the Raiders. Who could work under those conditions?
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August 8, 1990 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After winning the Super Bowl last January, the San Francisco 49ers met President Bush during a Rose Garden reception at the White House, where everyone made small talk. But when inside linebacker Riki Ellison was introduced to the President, they didn't talk about something as mundane as football. "What about the Strategic Defense Initiative?" Ellison asked. A budding politician who dreams of becoming a U.S. senator, Ellison never wastes an opportunity to express his political views.
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February 2, 1991 | CHRIS DUFRESNE and TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A total of seven starters from the Raiders and Rams were left unprotected by their teams when the NFL's list of Plan B free agents was released Friday. The Raiders exposed three defensive starters, safety Mike Harden and linebackers Riki Ellison and Jerry Robinson, and the Rams chose not to protect six-time Pro Bowl center Doug Smith, defensive end Doug Reed, tight end Pete Holohan and safety Vince Newsome. In addition, kicker Mike Lansford was left unprotected for the second year in a row.
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February 2, 1991 | CHRIS DUFRESNE and TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A total of seven starters from the Raiders and Rams were left unprotected by their teams when the NFL's list of Plan B free agents was released Friday. The Raiders exposed three defensive starters, safety Mike Harden and linebackers Riki Ellison and Jerry Robinson, and the Rams chose not to protect six-time Pro Bowl center Doug Smith, defensive end Doug Reed, tight end Pete Holohan and safety Vince Newsome. In addition, kicker Mike Lansford was left unprotected for the second year in a row.
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September 20, 1990 | CHRIS DUFRESNE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a stunner these days when someone slams the door in disgust and leaves the San Francisco 49ers. Some would argue it's the best day job in sports. Your team goes to the Super Bowl annually; your owner throws money around like confetti, and you get fresh sourdough seven days a week. Yet, after playing in two Super Bowls, nine playoff games and 77 games as starting middle linebacker, Riki Ellison left the 49ers in May to sign with the Raiders. Who could work under those conditions?
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August 21, 1990 | JIM MURRAY
Usually, when a man has political ambitions, he's careful to cultivate an image as a man of compassion, full of caring and concern. A kinder, gentler American. He goes around kissing babies, listening sympathetically to the complaints of constituents, procuring food for the poor, tax breaks for the rich. Everybody's pal.
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August 8, 1990 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After winning the Super Bowl last January, the San Francisco 49ers met President Bush during a Rose Garden reception at the White House, where everyone made small talk. But when inside linebacker Riki Ellison was introduced to the President, they didn't talk about something as mundane as football. "What about the Strategic Defense Initiative?" Ellison asked. A budding politician who dreams of becoming a U.S. senator, Ellison never wastes an opportunity to express his political views.
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May 5, 1990
Riki Ellison, an unrestricted free-agent linebacker who played for seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, signed with the Raiders Friday. Ellison missed two of the past three seasons because of a broken right arm. He sat out 1987 after shattering the arm in the 49ers' season opener. Doctors inserted a steel plate to reinforce the arm. However, he broke the arm again in the 49ers' final 1989 exhibition game and sat out last season, being replaced by Matt Millen, a former Raider.
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May 10, 2012 | By Riki Ellison
Riki Ellison was a middle linebacker at USC in 1978, '79, '80 and '82, and played with the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Raiders from 1983 to 1992 . The following is a letter he wrote with his feelings on the suicide of Junior Seau: Here I stand on the sands of Waikiki with the sounds of rolling, soft waves gliding gently upon the wet sands of retreat. The stoic Diamond Head stands in raw contrast to the Pacific waters, its unmistakable beauty a commanding presence.
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April 13, 1991 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
The Raiders announced the acquisition of linebacker Winston Moss from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday in exchange for undisclosed draft choices. Moss, 25, who split time at inside and outside positions in 1990, adds youth and durability to an aging Raider linebacking corps that includes Riki Ellison, 30, and Jerry Robinson, 34. Moss also helps fill the void left by linebacker Alex Gordon, who signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as a Plan B free agent.
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January 18, 1985
Asked the highlights of his career at USC, San Francisco linebacker Riki Ellison told Tony Kornheiser of the Washington Post: "I got run over by a couple of cars; I got shot at; I jumped off a building. It's hard to say." Noting Kornheiser's puzzlement, Ellison explained: "I'm a psycho case. If I wasn't a football player, I'd probably be dead." Said Miami guard Roy Foster, a teammate at USC: "Riki's the prototype guy you'd want to cast in 'Animal House.' He'd knock holes in walls all the time.
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